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Hidden in Plain Sight: Finding Wisdom and Meaning in the Parts of the Bible Most People Skip Paperback – April 1, 2012
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Does your mind start to wander when you come to the genealogies, lists of numbers, and confusing prophecies in the Bible? Have you ever wondered Why did God include all these obscure laws? Trusted Bible scholar Boyd Seevers uncovers the hidden treasures in some of the lesser-known sections of the Bible. For example, he reveals what heads and horns and beasts symbolize in the apocalyptic prophecies and why there's a law in Deuteronomy that roofs must have walls around them. Once you understand why God included the seemingly uninteresting or difficult passages and how to unlock them on your own, your Bible study will come alive and you'll connect to God in new ways.
Includes discussion questions to help your small group get the most out of their Bible reading.
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Top Customer Reviews
Hidden in Plain Sight is a good introductory resource to help understand how to approach challenging portions of the Bible, and most specifically, those found in the Old Testament. What I like about Seevers' approach is that he doesn't throw the kitchen sink of interpretive methods at readers, but gives them the baseline tips they need to begin exploring and finding meaning - on their own - in seemingly mundane parts of the Bible. A PhD who holds a high view of Scripture admitting that he finds some parts of the Bible "weird" or "boring" is refreshing. I think readers will enjoy this type of intellectual honesty from a scholar and it should offer hope to those just learning how to get the most out of their Bibles that even the experts wrestle with many parts of the text.
This would be a good text for adult Sunday School teachers, lay ministers and those just wanting to get more out of their personal Bible study.